Scripture Verse

Holy…undefiled…higher than the heavens. Hebrews 7:26


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Emi­ly M. Shap­cote, Hymns for In­fant Child­ren (Mas­ters: 1852).

Music: Fer­ri­er John B. Dykes, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Shap­cote (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jesus, holy, undefiled,
Listen to a little child;
Thou hast sent the glo­ri­ous light,
Chasing far the silent night.

Thou hast sent the sun to shine,
O’er this glo­ri­ous world of Thine;
Warmth to give and pleasant glow,
On each tender flower below.

Now the little birds arise,
Chirping gaily in the skies;
Thee their tiny voices praise,
In the early songs they raise.

Thou, by whom the birds are fed,
Give to me my daily bread;
And Thy Ho­ly Spi­rit give,
Without whom I cannot live.